Product Strategy Internship, Consumer Care


  • Job Type: Intern
  • Function: Intern
  • Post Date: 04/05/2021
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  • Company Address: 5980 Horton Street Suite 105, Emeryville, CA, 94608

About Zymergen

We are a science and material innovation company rethinking biology and reimagining the world. A World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, we partner with nature to create never-before imagined materials and products across industries – from agriculture to electronics, consumer care to pharmaceuticals, and more.

Job Description

At Zymergen, our mission is to create a vibrant, sustainable future through biology. We have developed a platform with biotech capabilities to create new specialty molecules that were previously not available or practical through traditional petrochemical-based chemistry. Zymergen has demonstrated the promise of its platform to produce both new and known molecules through chemistry and biofacturing to deliver unique specialty materials. As an intern at Zymergen, you will work alongside industry leaders to learn, grow, and contribute your best to advance business initiatives and technologies. We strive to create an inclusive work environment where every employee and intern can do their best work and be their true selves. Let’s make tomorrow together!  

Zymergen’s Consumer Products team plays a critical role in the development of new products that are expected to outperform the market while still being more natural and more sustainable. As a Product Development Intern, you will work closely with Product Directors on tasks such as designing a strategy around the development and commercialization of products in the early stage of the consumer care pipeline. This will include generating consumer insights, evaluating white space in the consumer care industry, and strategizing product positioning for Zymergen products. The intern in this particular role will also help bring one of Zymergen's first consumer products to market in personal care and work on later-stage development workstreams and channel activation strategies for the respective launch markets.

We encourage interested candidates from all ethnic groups, genders, sexuality, age, and abilities to apply. If this job description resonates with you, we want to hear from you!


Key Focus Areas of the role may include:

  • Conduct research about consumer preferences in Zymergen's focus areas. Conduct interviews and synthesize consumer insights based on interviews and research
  • Conduct research on competitive on market benchmarks to Zymergen products early in the pipeline 
  • Synthesize research and translate to product strategy - including product positioning, target markets, end consumers, and ways to differentiate our product to those end consumers
  • Model economics and value at stake based on size of target markets
  • Research and develop activation strategies at channels in each of our launch markets including but limited to promotions, POS placement, online retailer campaigns, and other merchandising tactics.
  • Work cross-functionally with a number of partners on last stage development activities - including but limited to marketing, claims testing, packaging, and project management partners
  • Support new product development business cases with market opportunities/sizing and positioning

For our internship roles, you will need to be: 

  • Currently enrolled in an MBA program with at least one semester or quarter remaining post-internship​
  • Available to work 40 hours per week during the summer​
  • Major, experience, or demonstrable interest in the position you apply for
  • Authorized to work in the US

We are looking for qualifications and experience that includes:

  • Excellent communication as well as intercultural skills
  • Experience doing consumer research and consumer interviews
  • Experience valuing size of markets
  • Experience developing competitive landscapes and evaluating white space in a market
  • Experience with building financial models with limited data
  • Passion for next generation of skincare and skin protection products
  • Open-minded and motivated to work on a multi-cultural team
  • Strong analytical and relentless organizational skills
  • Strong customer service orientation

Additional skills that are preferred but not required:

  • Marketing or brand management experience
  • Consumer product development experience
  • International experience
  • Background in skin care or beauty products


As a Z-intern, you will enjoy:

  • Meaningful projects with real business impact
  • Intern Specific Virtual Events 
  • Career Development and Mentorship
  • Peer & Senior Level Networking​
  • Participation in Company All-Hands meetings, Employee Resource Groups, and more!


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Founded in 2013, Zymergen is a science and material innovation company rethinking biology and reimagining the world. A World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, Zymergen partners with nature to create never-before imagined materials and products across industries – from agriculture to consumer electronics, personal care to pharmaceuticals, and more. The company’s materials are in use today, creating value for Fortune 1000 companies and major corporations across the globe. Our clients have sold over $1 billion worth of products using Zymergen microbial strains. For more information visit:

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